Laurel Book Store
1423 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Mon-Th10-6 Fri-Sat 10-7
Sun only for events
Please take a look below for the last of our events. I'd love to have as many of you as possible come on out and meet the wonderful authors we have in the lineup.
Plus there are a whole bunch of books that you should know about. Are you still traveling this summer? We can help with good reads in paper or downloaded as ebooks or audiobooks. Just try us!
Also, school starts early this fall. If you still need those summer reading titles, let us know asap!
We have a whole rack of children's books at 25% off and have now put all of our holiday titles on sale for 25% off too! Get here soon for the best selection.
Happy reading and take care of each other.
One community minded thing to know about: We have a bin for donating feminine hygiene products for the next month (
JULY 2, 2018- AUGUST 8th, 2018).
She Blossoms is a feminine hygiene products donation drive created by
two local Bay Area women, Jackie Cepeda and Erika Stacey.
We are kindly asking our community to join us in our effort by donating
one or more of the following items: sanitary napkins, tampons,
hypoallergenic feminine wipes, and cotton underwear.
Easy ordering 24/7 for all your book needs too.
We have a big stack of them at the store too.
We have a program in place to get
. Take a look on our website under
. Do you have kids in school? Check and see if the librarian would like to take part. It's as easy as giving us a list or asking us to make one. If you care about the literacy of Oakland students, you know how important it is to have books available. With budget cuts in place, donations to schools becomes a really important source of books to keep kids reading! Talk to Luan about it.
New and Notable
Click the link to see audio and ebook versions as well.
The Incendiaries is a fractured love story and a brilliant examination of the minds of extremist terrorists, and of what can happen to people who lose what they love most. "In dazzlingly acrobatic pro
se, R. O. Kwon explores the lines between
faith and fanaticism, passion and violence, the rational and the unknowable." -Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere
For more than a century, Wisconsin has been hailed as "laboratory for democracy" a bastion of progressive ideas and government, cradle of the labor and environmental movements, and birthplace of the famed Wisconsin Idea, which championed expertise in the service of the public good. But following a Republican sweep of its state government in 2010, Wisconsin's state laws protecting voting rights, public health, the environment, and education were dismantled--and, in perhaps the biggest shock of the 2016 presidential election, the state went for Donald J. Trump.The Fall of Wisconsin is a deeply reported, riveting account of how it happened.
This riveting inside account combines history and memoir to tell the full story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president. From the first days of McFaul's ambassadorship, the Kremlin actively sought to discredit and undermine him, hassling him with tactics that included dispatching protesters to his front gates, slandering him on state media, and tightly surveilling him, his staff, and his family.
Looking for something smart to read at the beach? Pick up a copy of Tin House Magazine. A gorgeously curated collection of poetry, essays, and short fiction that is sure to keep your brain stimulated while you sunbathe.
(Two copies of this one left!)
Imagine if every month the government deposited $1,000 into your bank account, with nothing expected in return. It sounds crazy. But it has become one of the most influential and hotly debated policy ideas of our time. Futurists, radicals, libertarians, socialists, union representatives, feminists, conservatives, Bernie supporters, development economists, child-care workers, welfare recipients, and politicians from India to Finland to Canada to Mexico-all are talking about UBI.
These fifteen folktales have one thing in common: brainy, bold, brave women-and not one damsel in distress! There is Bradamante, the fierce medieval knight; Li Chi, the Chinese girl who slays a dreaded serpent and saves her town; Makhta, a female warrior who leads her Sioux tribe into battle; and many more women who use their cunning, wisdom, and strength to succeed.
Ages 7 to well what adult doesn't need this?
From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman's efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes.
Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?
Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia-an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash-a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family's island mansion called Tu Reviens.
Jane remembers her aunt telling her: "If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you'll go." With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn't know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.
Young adult, 14 and up.
Tuesday, July 31 is Harry Potter's Birthday. We have some trivia and game pages for fans who want to celebrate!
Thursday, August 9 is Book Group, see below, all are welcome
Plus it's Book Lover's Day. We won't turn away any cash mob that shows up to show to the love to books, book stores, and booksellers.
Saturday, August 11 at 4pm
Why are Culturally Themed Events Important?
Join us to welcome Wanda Ravernell of the Black Eyed Pea Festival and other guests to talk about why such festivals are important and how they can foster understanding and community. There will be music and food!
Friday, August 17 at 7pm
Meet Ace Smith, author of The Pitcher and the Dictator
Soon after Satchel Paige arrived at spring training in 1937 to pitch for the Pittsburgh Crawfords, he and five of his teammates, including Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell, were lured to the Dominican Republic with the promise of easy money to play a short baseball tournament in support of the country's dictator, Rafael Trujillo. As it turned out, the money wasn't so easy. After Paige and his friends arrived on the island, they found themselves under the thumb of Trujillo, known by Dominicans for murdering those who disappointed him.
Saturday, August 18 at 6pm
Nona Caspers in conversation with Carolina de Robertis
"The Fifth Woman is stealthily astonishing from its first line to its last. Over the course of twenty-three connected short fictions, the writer marks out a trail of mourning that is both quite straightforward and miraculously layered, strange, and emotionally multifaceted. There is not a single sentence in these stories that is not as clear as water.... It is a wonderful book."-Stacey D'Erasmo
Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm
Perfectly Queer East Bay, the lineup this month includes
Natasha Dennerstein, Gar McVey-Russell
Anand Vedawala,Vernon Keeve III
who will be reading from selected works
Thursday, August 23 at 6pm
In conjunction with Bay Area Lesbian Archives
The Feminist Revolution offers an overview of women's struggle for equal rights in the late twentieth century. Beginning with the auspicious founding of the National Organization for Women in 1966, at a time when women across the world were mobilizing individually and collectively in the fight to assert their independence and establish their rights in society, the book traces a path through political campaigns, protests, the formation of women's publishing houses and groundbreaking magazines, and other events that shaped women's history.
Second Thursday of the month.
6:15 to 7:30
August 9, 2018
Tracy Chevalier brings Shakespeare's harrowing drama of jealousy and revenge to a 1970s era elementary school playground. Arriving at his fifth school in as many years, diplomat's son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day - so he's lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can't stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players - teachers and pupils alike - will never be the same again.
The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Peeking over the shoulders of four 11 year olds - Osei, Dee, Ian, and his reluctant 'girlfriend' Mimi - Tracy Chevalier's powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling.
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